"Divine anointing"

David was not the only son of Jesse. There were seven others, at least one of whom Samuel regarded as an excellent candidate for the role of king. But only David was chosen. The reason: "The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (I Sam. 16:7).

In both the Old and the New Testament we are assured that God is not a respecter of persons, yet "Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed [David] in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward" (verse 13). Later Christ Jesus was known as God's anointed.

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